About Damien Shann

I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor in general practice and specialising in loss and bereavement. My emphasis is on free-form conversation that can help you find answers to what is bothering you. I especially welcome working with those who may not normally seek counselling or therapy though think they may benefit from talking over potential solutions to difficult aspects of their lives. An important adage for me is “when thing aren’t working, try something different”. A counselling session can lead to something different… Scroll down to read more.

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I have worked for decades as a personal development mentor for a wide range of people and facilitated hundreds of group sessions and workshops. I presently focus on working one-to-one. You may find that, through our conversations, you will quickly begin to find solutions to what has been troubling you.



Training and Qualifications

I have spent over five years as a student of psychotherapeutic counselling.

BSc. (1st Class hons.) Counselling: University of Brighton.

FdSc. Person-Centred Counselling: University of Brighton.

Foundation Year, Psychosynthesis: ReVision, London.

Level 2 Counselling Skills Qualification: NCFE, Lewes.

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Suicide First Aid, Eastbourne.

Certificate in Focusing Skills: The British Focusing Teachers’ Association, London.

Patient and Family Support Team Generic Training: St. Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley.

Other related training:

Working with Children Facing Loss: St Catherine’s Hospice, day workshop, Crawley.

Adult Attitude to Grief Scale, and how to apply it. St. Catherine’s Hospice, day workshop, Crawley.

BACP endorsed Hypnotherapy Training w/e: Brighton

Working with Trauma day workshop.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics.

A Positive Direction

Though I will tailor my approach to you as an individual, my general approach is to look for genuine and inspiring solutions moving forward rather than focusing solely on the past.

Away from my counselling and mentoring, I spent many years project managing in construction mainly for charities. I am also an accomplished artist and can include creative image making as part of the counselling process.

About Counselling

Here is some info from the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists website on what to expect from counselling. “Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns. You might talk about difficult events in your life or your relationships and emotions. Or you might have negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change.

Therapists will not give you advice or solve your problems for you. They will listen to your story, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life.”

What Next?

To get more of a feel for how maybe I will be able to help, or just to clarify your thoughts,
please do contact me.

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